Longtime resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin Alfred Moses Leonetti ’50 passed away in the comfort of his home and surrounded by family on June 3rd, 2011, after a short illness. He was a well-loved and long time resident of Morgan Hill and San Martin and was known for his over 50 years of community service. He graduated from San Martin Elementary School and Live Oak High School. He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and earned a BS in political science from Santa Clara University in 1950. Al was named "Man of the Year" in Morgan Hill in 2006, but started his life in the public by being first elected as a Morgan Hill City Council member in 1956. He served as Mayor of Morgan Hill from 1958 to 1960 and was a member of the planning commission from 1966 to 1969. In 1974, he completed his second 4 year term as a City Councilman. Al was a member of the Santa Clara County Transportation and Expressway committee which was responsible for establishing a master expressway system for the entire county. Al was also a member of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Hill Merchants Association, Morgan Hill Swim Club Parents, Morgan Hill Choraleers and American Field Service Student Exchange Program. He was an active member of The MH Rotary Club for 56 years and was a founder and board member of South Valley National Bank. He was the first president of the first Parish Council at St. Catherine’s Church and was involved in building the existing church and school. He was also a charter member of The Knights of Columbus, the Italian Catholic Federation, and an active member of the Full Blooded Italian (FBI) organization. In addition to his civic participation, he was a successful businessman in Morgan Hill; most well known for owning Lucky Liquors and The El Toro Shop. He was the son of Alfred Leonetti and Emily Ungaro (both deceased) and the loving husband of Bonnie Leonetti (deceased). He is survived by his sisters Vera (George, deceased)Lico, and Lorraine(Ray) Caruso, and will be missed forever by his daughters Leslie Leonetti, SCU 1973(Jock McCoy, SCU 1970), Lisa Leonetti (Allen Gillespie), Laurie Leonetti (Dean Olmstead) and grandchildren: Laurel Leonetti, Andy Leonetti, Elena Guevara, Victor Gillespie (Brianna), Maycen Gillespie and Olin Olmstead. Funeral service was held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., at St Catherine Church in Morgan Hill. Private inurnment. Heartfelt thanks to his dedicated caregivers: Oscar, Cyntia, Ely and Edwin and Hospice of the Valley for their tender care during Al’s final days. Donations to Hospice of the Valley are appreciated.

08 Nov 2018